White House officials are reportedly terrified of President Joe Biden contracting COVID. But not because they necessarily worry about his health — rather more-so because they worry about the political repercussions of him falling prey to the virus.
“Some current and former White House officials foresee a potential political and policy disaster if the president were to contract the virus, even though he is vaccinated and boosted,” Politico reported last week.
“Covid protocol critics and vaccine skeptics would have a field day with Biden catching Covid and use it to further undermine trust in the administration’s efforts to combat the pandemic. The 79-year-old president would likely take at least a few days to recover—in addition to placing himself in quarantine—which could exacerbate concerns about his age and health.”
The Associated Press notes that this paranoia was as clear as day during the president’s National Governors Association meeting Monday at the White House.
President Biden and @VP Harris preside over a meeting of the annual National Governors Association meeting, the kind of civilized bipartisan gathering that feels rather refreshing these days pic.twitter.com/rp6oAbeRH4
— Sebastian Smith (@SebastianAFP) January 31, 2022
(Despite the insinuation above by supposed “journalist” Sebastian Smith that National Governors Association meetings are unique to the Biden administration, former President Donald Trump held them as well.)
The AP notes that only the president was granted a glass of water, allegedly so that nobody else would need to “remove their mask to take a drink” and thus risk transmitting the virus to Biden.
The outlet also notes that the “president was seated more than 10 feet from everyone, including Vice President Kamala Harris and members of his Cabinet,” and that a “White House staffer who was wearing a surgical mask when Biden entered the room was quickly handed an N95 version.”
“These are just some of the extraordinary efforts on the part of the White House to keep the president from getting COVID-19, even though he’s gotten both of his regular vaccinations and his booster,” according to the AP.
To be clear, neither vaccinations nor booster shots can prevent one from contracting the virus. Moreover, the Omicron variant and its derivatives are so contagious that even the administration’s own “experts” have said that “just about everybody” will get it.
Throwing in the towel? Fauci admits that ‘just about everybody’ will eventually get Omicron https://t.co/9Dq2pYeziT
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 13, 2022
This is nevertheless apparently the quiet part that one’s not supposed to say out loud, lest it give ammunition to those critical of the administration’s attempts to force vaccines down the American people’s throats.
“Though the vaccines are highly effective, a breakthrough case could erode public confidence in the shots and be used as a political cudgel against a president who was elected to bring an end to the pandemic,” according to the AP.
Indeed, during Monday’s briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki stressed, “The president’s view is that right now we still need to keep our heads down and stay at it to fight what is still surging in parts of the country.”
What neither the president nor his officials seem to realize, however, is that their doubling and tripling down on restrictions may be what’s hurting them.
A Monmouth University survey released Monday showed that 70 percent of Americans feel “it’s time we accept that COVID here is to stay and we just need to get on with our lives.”
Meanwhile the president is underwater on COVID handling, with his RealClearPolitics average approval being just 44 percent, down from highs in the upper 60s when he first took office a bit over a year ago.
The Monmouth poll has a pretty clear story: sliding support for pandemic response measures, despite the omicron surge. At the same time, increasing pessimism about whether we’ll ever return to normal, along with agreement that it’s time to ‘get on with our lives’ pic.twitter.com/fZBA0XMKiG
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) January 31, 2022
America’s governors reportedly tried for their part on Monday to encourage the administration to move away from restrictions.
“There’s a number of areas that we have full agreement on, and that is one: We need to move away from the pandemic. And we asked the President to help give us clear guidelines on how we can return to a greater state of normality,” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters after the meeting Monday.
Some say Hutchinson may want to look to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a fellow Republican whose state returned to full normalcy long ago.
We don’t want covid to go away? In Florida, we’ve been living normally for months and months. You idiots are still pushing lockdowns and mandates. https://t.co/JLunE7dZQS
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 2, 2021
Yet the president reportedly stressed during the meeting that America’s “got a way to go” still, as reported by CNN …
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